New Principal for Stamford High in Wake of Teacher-Student Sex Scandal

The Stamford school system has appointed a new principal to step in and take over after a student-teacher sex scandal shook up the administration at Stamford High School.

Principal Donna Valentine and assistant principal Roth Nordin were implicated in the case for allegedly failing to report a student-teacher relationship to authorities, as required by law.

The superintendent has moved to terminate both of them, along with one other school administrator. Stamford's assistant superintendent has offered his resignation and other high school employees have been disciplined.

Former English teacher Danielle Watkins, who is at the center of the case, is currently serving a five-year prison sentence.

A spokesperson for the school district announced Tuesday night that Raymond D. Manka will take over for interim principal Tony Pavia beginning July 1. Pavia has been leading the high school since late February, when the allegations surfaced.

Manka, who is currently assistant principal at Norwalk High School, has 16 years of experience in education, five of which he spent as assistant principal at Stamford High School and Westhill High School. He has also taught sixth-grade science and high school biology, according to the Stamford school system.

"I am pleased to welcome Ray back to Stamford Public Schools," Supt. Winifred Hamilton said in a statement Tuesday. "His extensive academic credentials and experience at large area high schools, including Stamford High, will serve him well in his mission to lead Stamford High with a priority of building trust and respect among students, staff, parents, and community members."

Students, staff, parents and administrators all took part in the interview process during the search for a new high school principal, according to the school system.

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